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The legends tell us that Arthur was a wise and powerful king who ruled from a giant and glorious castle and who commanded the loyalty of hundreds of men First and foremost of these followers were the Knights of the Round Table That greatest knight in skill of arms Lancelot pledged his loyalty to Arthur is testament to the fact that the king was worthy of such admiration both as a king and as a warrior War was a way of life in Arthurs day Just after he pulled the Sword from the Stone he hurried to Bedegraine and defeated a rogue band of 11 powerful men who had rebelled against his leadership He faced constant pressure from the Saxons and the Picts and the Irish and the Romans in the end he faced a mortal threat from his own men He was also the backdrop against which many other adventures took place Beginning with Chretien de Troyes writers wrote adventures of Arthurs knights telling us of their wonderful adventures and of courtly love The court of course was Arthurs In a sense Arthur was moved above the day-to-day adventures his knights having and put on a pedestal as the symbol of what a knight could hope to achieve He was also the one whom everyone looked up to and whom everyone trusted to pass judgment if they had a dispute Important men bowed to his authority and his wisdom He held court and was the arbiter of justice He made his own laws and enforced them himself with the respect of his subjects He fought in battles and sent his knights out to do battle As such he was both king and battle commander Later Arthur was said to have conceived a son out of matrimony Guinevere was said to have consummated her affair with Lancelot Both of these acts were sins so the picture of Arthur as all that is good and right
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